The Right Tools Make All the Difference

Posted by Paige Thomas ~ May 27, 2009

I'm not great with tools. I'm awkward with a hammer, I can never get the pliers to stay in the right setting, and ask me to use the cordless drill without supervision - well, I'm hopeless.

But the more home improvement projects I work on, the more I realize how important it is to have an arsenal of quality tools on hand. If you have a home that you plan on doing lots of updated on, having the right tools is even more important. So, here are some tools I'm learning I can't live without, and some recommendations on how you can round out your own DIY tool box:

Stud Finder - I think I've mentioned this one before, but I really really love stud finders. They make hanging pictures, shelves, and whatever so much easier. All you have to do is drag the flat tool across the wall until it beeps, that's where your stud is.

I'm sad to have just found out that the house I just moved in to, a house from the early 1900's, is not stud finder friendly. It's an older lath and plaster constructed home, which according to my smart builder friends, won't allow you to use a stud finder. Total bummer!

Staple Gun - Just got my first staple gun, and it's already coming to good use. I reupholstered a small stool I salvaged from the thrift store with a great new fabric. It also comes in handy for lots of other little jobs around the house.

Cordless Drill - Whether you are framing a wall, building furniture, or, like I once used it for, creating drainage holes in the bottom of some pots, you're going to be so happy to have a cordless drill. You have to make sure you have one battery charging while you are using the other, but the convenience of this tool is unparalleled. Along with the drill, I also recommend getting a good set of bits for your drill, that way you'll be set for any project that comes you way.

A Great Pair of Gloves -Don't be afraid to spend a few more dollars the next time you're at a hardware store to outfit yourself with some quality hand protection. A good pair of gloves will help you through gardening, demolition, framing, and just about any other house project you can think of.

Some other tools you might want to consider are torpedo levels for projects involving leveling awkward small spaces (plus this small level will fit in your pocket), a jig saw, a ratcheting screwdriver, and you'd be surprised how often you might need a rubber mallet.

Another smart option for investing in more expensive tools is to consider buying reconditioned tools. The team over at OneProject Closer .com has done a good job of putting together links to many different tool companies that provide this option. Often refurbished tools are just as good as brand new ones, they just have a lower price.

And, as I mentioned in an older post about renting tools, you may be lucky enough to live near a tool library where you can rent tools for free. Or at least a Home Depot where you can pay to rent tools.

With all the right home improvement tools, you'll be prepared for anything that comes your way this spring during your remodeling adventures.

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